Policy paper

Rising to the challenge of ending poverty: the Bilateral Development Review 2016

The Bilateral Development Review sets out how DFID will tackle poverty across the globe.



The Bilateral Development Review and Multilateral Development Review set out how the UK will champion an open, modern and innovative approach to development. They spell out DFID’s ambition to reform and improve the way the whole world does development. The Bilateral Development Review assesses the shape of DFID’s overall portfolio, geographical footprint and the mix of delivery channels, and the tools we will use to maximise our impact on tackling poverty across the globe. Key points:

  • the UK is calling for further transparency and even stronger measures on value for money, for both the UK and delivery partners. The international aid system as a whole must become more effective, transparent and accountable to the poorest people in the world, and to the taxpayers who fund programmes

  • this is the first time the bilateral review has focused on people with disabilities, health, security, migration and ending the reprehensible practices of modern slavery and child exploitation. The UK will ensure these priority areas are consistently considered in all areas of the department’s work

  • the UK will tackle the great challenges of the 21st century by strengthening global health security, creating job opportunities and making the best use of technology and research. 50% of DFID’s spending will go to fragile states and regions, including in the Middle East and Africa

  • in the foreword, the International Development Secretary sets out how the UK will continue to speak out against outrages in Syria and harness the spirit of urgency and impact that the UK showed during the Ebola crisis and apply it to the even greater task of eradicating extreme poverty

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Published 1 December 2016